A June 26 synthetic drug bust in the small Iron Range town of Taconite resulted in the seizure of four pounds of "suspected synthetic marijuana 'Spice,'" as Itasca County officials put it. But perhaps the most intriguing part of the story are the mugshots of the two suspects arrested and charged wit ... More >>
Members of the U.S. Marshals North Star Fugitive Task Force got a rude awakening when they tried to apprehend a fugitive at a house at 5137 Abbott Avenue South in the Fulton neighborhood of southwest Minneapolis last Friday morning.When officers entered the home behind 37-year-old Jeremy Gonser, who ... More >>
Just before 6 p.m. Saturday, Roberto Ortiz, a 22-year-old Minneapolis resident, was pulled over in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights after an officer observed him commit unspecified traffic violations.SEE ALSO: St. Cloud police show off 44 pounds of pot they seized yesterday [PHOTO]Ortiz conse ... More >>
Officers executing a search warrant in a foreclosed Brainerd home Monday afternoon got a lot more than they bargained for.SEE ALSO: Stillwater couple's pock-faced, cross-eyed mugshots double as anti-meth advertising [PHOTOS]When they first arrived at the property to follow up on a report that electr ... More >>
On Tuesday, Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu doled out a record sentence for a Minnesota drug crime and sentenced Pedro "Peli" Ayala-Leyva to 30 years in prison for his role in a large methamphetamine operation.Peli, 37, was found guilty in October of conspiracy to traffic drugs. State sentencing gu ... More >>
A drug-sniffing dog found a considerable amount of methamphetamine -- and a pipe -- in Nicole Denzer's vagina. Apparently she forgot to pack a lighter. METH IS A HELL OF A DRUG:-- Stillwater couple's pock-faced, cross-eyed mugshots double as anti-meth advertising [PHOTOS]-- Man allegedly threatened ... More >>
See Also: Native Mob takedown: a closer look at the charges Native Mob federal case: Eight more plead to lesser charges Jeremee Kraskey was going to talk to the feds. He had already given them information. That, at least, was the belief of his fellow Native Mob gang members on February 26, 2011 ... More >>
Don't want your kid to do meth? Plaster the mugshots of Stillwater's Ashley Brooker and Nicholas Doyle to little Johnny's wall. While you might have to worry about him having nightmares, he'll probably never be tempted to touch crank. This week, Brooker, 23, and Doyle, 25, pleaded guilty to felony d ... More >>
Glenn Smith went a little bit crazy on Monday when his girlfriend deleted his meth dealers' numbers from his cell phone, police say.At one point during a possibly meth-fueled rampage, Smith's girlfriend found him sharpening his samurai sword on a grinder in their Vadnais Heights garage. "Want me to ... More >>
Joseph Thomas, a 42-year-old Mendota Heights resident, had a sick notion of how he could get America talking about immigration issues.According to a federal affidavit obtained yesterday by the Associated Press, Thomas told an undercover agent he wanted to steal a pickup truck, fill it with oil and g ... More >>
Disgraced Minneapolis power broker Al Garcia is in trouble with his probation officer for violating the terms of his supervised release. Garcia pled guilty to a federal charge of aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in 2010 and beat the rap on charges that he rap ... More >>
In Breaking Bad, Walter and Jesse begin their meth-cooking career by cooking in the back of an RV in New Mexico.The hit show may have inspired copycat cookers right here in the Twin Cities, as St. Paul police yesterday arrested two men suspected of cooking meth in the back of an SUV.Following up on ... More >>
Lawrence Wajda, the Minneapolis firefighter charged with meth possession last week, was placed on administrative leave Sunday, says Matt Laible, spokesman for the city of Minneapolis. Wajda was arrested while working at a firehouse in Stadium Village last Tuesday. Upon searching Wajda, Minneapolis ... More >>
Lawrence Anthony Wajda Jr., a veteran Minneapolis firefighter, was charged with possession of methamphetamine Wednesday after police found .5 grams of the drug with him at work. Wadja, who has worked at the department for more than 20 years, faces felony fifth-degree drug possession. "It's unfortu ... More >>
Brandi Favre: "Always in trouble."Vikings QB Brett Favre's younger sister Brandi was arrested yesterday during a meth bust in Diamondhead, Miss. Now the local police have released her mug shot. "She's always in trouble," Hancock County Sheriff's Maj. Matt Karl told AP.
Brett Favre's younger sister, Brandi, has been arrested in a meth bust.More trouble in the Favre family. Brandi Favre, Brett's younger sister, has been arrested in Mississippi after police moved in on a meth lab. Hancock County narcotics agents say they watched a drug buy at a gas station in ... More >>
Al Garcia falls even further.Al Garcia, the one-time city hall power broker who beat a rape allegation but was convicted on drug possession charges, has been disbarred by the Minnesota Supreme Court. The issue this time was repeatedly misappropriating his clients' money, the court said.
Image by Jonathunder, WikipediaReitzman's future was bright, other than that 500 grams of meth thing.Just two years ago, the future looked promising for Jason Lee Reinartz. He had just opened up a swanky new tattoo shop in Austin, Minn. He had plans to open up another. But as Reinartz learned ... More >>
The state Supreme Court said her bong-water was a drug. Now she'll serve six months in jail.
If it smells like meth, and it looks like meth ...
Thirty-one people in Minneapolis have been arrested in federal raids on a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. More than 1,000 have been busted across the country.
We can only imagine an awkward Thanksgiving if these brothers ever even see each other.
A cop did a routine check of license plates in Maple Plain and discovered this person had a warrant out for their arrest and proceeded to search the car. And there it was! A cooking meth lab, in the car!
On the morning of September 1, a St. Paul police officer patrolling the East Side spotted a familiar face behind the wheel of a passing vehicle. The officer knew the driver--35 year-old Dave Schmotter--didn't possess a valid license and, police say, the officer knew that Schmotter had been "involved ... More >>
On February 20th, Thomas Clayton Caldwell reported to the Dakota County Jail, in Hastings, to serve a sentence for driving after his license had been revoked. At approximately 7:30 p.m., while searching the 45-year-old Northfield resident's leather jacket, an officer allegedly discovered a plastic b ... More >>
In Anoka County juvenile court, meth and red tape are playing hell with the fate of children
That's what the Star Tribune wants readers to believe. It's right there in the lede to today's explainer piece about about meth lab toxicity. Without citation, reporter Karen Yousa bluntly asserts that meth is "Minnesota's biggest drug problem." Sounds scary. But is it true? Not by most available ... More >>
The Associated Press reports that impending Minnesota National Guard deployments in the Middle East could have an unlikely consequence: diminished police presence in Fargo, North Dakota. The town is expected to lose some 10 officers in the coming months--or nearly 10 percent of its entire squad. The ... More >>
The "meth mouth" epidemic is now accepted fact. Pictures of recovering addicts with blackened, decaying teeth have become staples of newspaper articles and television reports. But is the main cause of these rotting incisors meth use--or simply poor hygiene and eating habits?
This Sunday night, Twin Cities Public Television will rebroadcast the station's highest-rated production, Meth: Shadow Across America, and Life After Meth, two chilling documentaries co-produced by the Hazelden Foundation. The airing couldn't be more timely: Last week it was announced that meth-rela ... More >>
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